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Drama and Theatre Studies A Level at Dame Alice Owen's School

Course description

The aims of the Drama and Theatre Studies A Level are to encourage students to:

-   develop their interest and enjoyment of drama and theatre both as participants and as informed members of an audience

-   foster an enthusiasm for and a critical appreciation of the subject

-   develop an understanding and an appreciation of the significance of the social, cultural and historical influences on the development of drama and theatre

-   experience a range of opportunities to develop a variety of dramatic and theatrical skills, enabling them to grow creatively and imaginatively in both devised and scripted work

-   integrate theory and practice through their understanding of critical concepts and the discriminating use of specialist terminology


Our expectations:

-   We expect students to have a minimum of a B grade in GCSE Drama. In exceptional cases, we will consider students who have not done GCSE. In this case, they must have had some experience, either at a stage school, working backstage in a theatre and/or have been in school productions.  As there is a significant amount of written coursework and one written exam, they must have at least a grade B in English Language and Literature.

-   In preparation for the practical units students will be expected to rehearse outside of lessons, at lunchtimes and after school.

-   Due to the practical nature of drama and the fact that much of the assessment is done in groups, excellent attendance is essential.

Entry requirements

A grade B in GCSE but stage school or theatre experience will be considered individually.


The Drama and Theatre A Level consists of two coursework components and one externally examined paper.


-   Component 1: Devising - Coursework - 40% of the qualification (80 marks)

-       There are two parts to the assessment:

-  A Portfolio (60 marks)

-  The Devised Performance or Design Realisation (20 marks)

-   Component 2: Text in Performance – Coursework- 20% of the qualification (60 marks)

-       Group performance or design realisation (36 marks)

-       Monologue or Duologue or Design Realisation (24 marks)


  • Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice - Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes- 40% of the qualification (80 marks)

-       Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation ( 20 marks)

-       Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text (36 marks)

-       Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text (24 marks)

Future opportunities

Our students take many different paths post A’ Level, some go to university and some to theatre school.  Past students have gone on to study Theatre Studies at Bristol, East Anglia, Exeter and Leeds.  Some take single honours in Theatre Studies and others joint honours, often with English.  Other students take their study beyond BA (hons) level taking an MA Directing and there are also a good number of students who study the technical side of theatre too, lighting, sound, stage, costume and set design. 

Possible Career Opportunities

Actor, Choreographer, Director, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Costume Designer, Investigative Journalist, Make-up and Prosthetics Designer, News Presenter, Props Designer, Producer, Radio DJ, Reporter, Stage Combat Choreographer,Set Designer, Stage Manager, Stunt Co-ordinator & TV Presenter.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dame Alice Owen's School directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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